Answer by Raakhee V. Menon:
Thank you for the A2A.
As a person who reads more than watching TV, my answer would largely be from a literature perspective…with a select few from cinema. So here goes…
Harry Potter Series
- There indeed is a thing called ‘true friendship’
- It’s okay to break rules once in a while
- Racism sucks big time
- If you don’t face your fears, they’re going to torment you all your life
- Do not judge a book by its cover
- “Like everything in life, I just had to decide what to do with what I was given. (…) I’ve done the best I could, with what I had to work with.” – Carlisle Cullen, New Moon
- Life choices can be utterly and devastatingly confusing…but go with what your heart wants.
The Hobbit & the Lord Of The Rings series
- The power of focus. Every character created by Tolkien has the ability to focus on a single (or multiple) aim and they never tire until they achieve it.
- Having a good leader is very important for a team to function properly.
- It is very easy to get corrupted by great power. Stay simple. Stay safe.
- There is always a positive side to everything and everyone.
Pride & Prejudice
- First impression isn’t always the best impression.
- Intelligence is extremely attractive
- An intelligent woman should never tolerate a disrespectful man…no matter how rich he is.
- Fickle-mindedness is an occasional human trait…not just a feminine one.
Gone With The Wind
- Every woman deserves to be told this by the right man → “No, I don’t think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That’s what’s wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.”
- A woman can make it big in a man’s world
- Always value your homeland
- Strive to be a phoenix that rises out of the ashes it was burnt into.
The Other Boleyn Girl
- Ends do NOT justify means
- Power corrupts even the gentlest of souls
- Never underestimate the love of a sister
- Being the eternal optimist does not always help you go the distance.
- Neither does being the eternal realist, for that matter.
The next two aren’t strictly fiction. They are the two most sacred works of Hinduism.
- Never covet that which is not yours to claim (Duryodhana)
- Half knowledge can be a dangerous thing (Abhimanyu)
- Karmanye vadhikaraste Ma Phaleshu Kadachana,
Ma Karmaphalaheturbhurma Te SangostvakarmaniI have power only over my actions, I have no rights to the fruits of my actions. I shall get what I truly deserve.
- Never judge anyone on the basis of their birth…for we never know what greatness lies within them (Karna)